M.A. & Ph.D Programs

The program (both MA and PhD) emphasizes a broad range of philosophical areas and the doctoral program enables further specialized work culminating in a dissertation. Contact the Director of the Graduate Program, Christian Lotz (lotz@msu.edu), for inquiries related to our graduate program.

Research Strengths


Bioethics & Philosophy of Medicine

We strive to understand what health and health care are (medical epistemology) and what they ought to be (medical ethics)…

Socially Engaged Philosophy of Science

Because of the important roles that science plays in contemporary society, we use tools from the philosophy of science to understand both descriptive and normative aspects of science…

Social & Political Thought

Our work is in an area in which traditional debates over justice, freedom, and political obligation are increasingly joined in contemporary philosophy by concerns with inequality, power, identity…


Environmental Philosophy & Ethics

Our work covers topics such as agricultural ethics, environmental justice, values in environmental sciences, food sovereignty, ecofeminism, …

Take Courses In

Philosophy of Mind

Feminist Philosophy 

Central Issues in Ethics

Plato & Aristotle

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